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Gender Regimes and Welfare States in France: A historical perspective

Ai-Thu Dang and Jean-Marie Monnier

No 2011-40, EconomiX Working Papers from University of Paris Nanterre, EconomiX

Abstract: This paper has a twofold aim. First, we will analyze the system of family benefits in relation with the income tax system in France through the adoption of a historical and gender perspective. While typologies of welfare states frequently neglect taxation, in our view, one must take family taxation into account because it provides incentives and disincentives for paid income. Moreover, in the case of France, a close relationship exists between family benefits and taxation on income, one that stems from certain discussions—discussions led to the birth of the French system.Second, we will demonstrate how and to what extent France has moved away from the male-breadwinner model. However, any decline of the malebreadwinner model does not, in turn, indicate a corresponding shift toward a dual caregiver model. Indeed, the current French model has ambiguous effects on gender relations.

Keywords: gender regimes; gender relations; unpaid work; French policy reform (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J16 J18 J21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dem, nep-eur, nep-his and nep-hme
Date: 2011
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